Skip to main content


Got any good books to recommend?

Greatest Hits from Working the Net:

Harlow Salon - one of the very best hair salons in Nashville TN.

A Regular Season Title Comes to Nashville

Yes, I've heard all that nonsense about how the Presidents Trophy is somehow cursed, and that winning the regular season is a sure-fire ticket to postseason collapse. Well, I certainly hope that doesn't hold true for Fantasy Hockey.

Remember, James, send this to Nashville, not Hamilton!

Not to toot my own horn here (ah, who am I kidding? That's exactly what I'm doing!), but the Fab Forecheckers have just concluded a very successful regular season in James Mirtle's Blogger Invitational Fantasy Hockey League over on Yahoo Sports. Follow some of the links below to find a who's-who of the NHL blogging world:

Mirtle's Blogger Invitational Final Regular Season Standings
*1.The Fab Forecheckers188-86-250.671401


*2.The blogless wonders154-114-310.567339


*3.The Alcoholic Army149-110-400.565338


*4.Mirtle's Merry Men153-118-280.559334


*5.Matt of the Battle149-114-360.559334


*6.Spector's Spudheads145-120-340.542324


7Tha Gnomes132-129-380.505302


8Six Pack130-129-400.502300


9CANUCKS HOCKEY BLOG130-133-360.495296




11Earl Strikes Back127-133-390.490293


12Covered in Chris128-136-350.487291


13Pension Plan Puppets130-141-280.482288


14Sudafed Heroes120-137-420.472282


15W.Coast Non-offense120-140-390.467279




17Mark Bell Fan Club122-150-270.453271




19Islanders Army112-152-350.433259


20PA Hockey Knights90-178-310.353211


*Playoff Teams

Perhaps my favorite part of this is that a 5-6-2* record in Week One was my only losing effort of the entire 23-week season. It's either that or the fact that only two owners made fewer roster moves along the way, a sign both that I drafted well and largely avoided the injury bug.

This week is round one of the playoffs, wherein myself and the Blogless Wonders get a bye; Mirtle matches up with Matt of the Battle to determine my opponent next week, while the other side of the bracket has The Alcoholic Army against Spector's Spudheads.

I'll have to ask Mrs. Forechecker if I can get working on that playoff beard...

*There are 13 scoring categories in this head-to-head league: Goals, Assists, Plus/Minus, PIM, PPG, PPA, GWG, and SOG for skaters, and W, GAA, Saves, Save Pct., and Shutouts for goalies.

Popular posts from this blog

How I'm Trying To Make Money Sports Blogging

To kick off this series of articles general sports-blogging articles here at OTF Classic, I think it's best to start with a comment that Brad left here last week, after I shared my goals for 2012, which include specific revenue targets:
I considered diving into the world of internet marketing myself, but I felt that my friends would hate me for bugging them about stuff. I mean, it's pretty low-risk high-reward, so it's tempting. I wouldn't mind reading about tips on how to maximize impact of blogging in general to make it a legitimate income source. Trying to make money at sports blogging can be a very touchy subject - for the vast majority of us, this is an activity we pursue to both exercise our creativity and share our love of the game, whether it's hockey, football, badminton, whatever, with fellow fans. Mixing that personal conversation with a commercial message can turn people off, especially if it becomes too intrusive for the reader.

It's not unreasonabl…

Canadian Baloney, starring James Mirtle

A tireless refrain from the Canadian media is that Nashville is an absolute failure as a hockey market, and failing to move the team north of the border is an exercise in folly by the NHL.

Our latest exhibit comes from James Mirtle, usually one of the more thoughtful hockey bloggers extant:
But Nashville, quite simply, has proven it cannot sustain an NHL hockey team. Even with the lowest ticket prices in the entire league (I know: I've looked into flying there for a game or two) and a ridiculously forgiving arena lease, the team has had attendance issues despite having one of the best records in the league.

It's not a matter of Canadians not wanting teams in the southern U.S.; I've argued time and again in favour of teams like Dallas and Tampa Bay that have supported their teams and really brought something to the table in terms of bringing news fans and new energy to the game. That's a good thing.

The Predators, however, are not that, not in the beginning and certainly no…

Hooray for PythagenPuck

Back in November, around the quarter-mark of the NHL regular season, I wrote a piece looking at Expected Winning Percentages for each team, based on their Goals For/Goals Against ratio, using the PythagenPuck method as outlined in Alan Ryder's "Win Probabilities" article over at Hockey Analytics. Since we're approaching the end of the campaign, I thought it worth revisiting the two assertions I made back in November - that the Ottawa Senators were capable of getting back into the playoff race, and that the Boston Bruins were in danger of a freefall to the bottom of the standings.

Just to review, the basic idea behind win probability models like PythagenPuck is that over the course of a season, the Goals For and Goals Against numbers can be used to derive a team's winning percentage, within a a surprisingly narrow margin of error. For instance, if you only had GF/GA information, you could make a very good stab at projecting what the standings would look like. The w…